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Tuesday, 12 June 2012 12:35

Ireland: Jedward Releasing New Single

Ireland remains to be the most successful nation at the Eurovision Song Contest having managed to amass a record seven victories over the years surpassing the likes of the United Kingdom whose music industry is definitely stronger in comparison. For the past two years, the Emerald Isle was represented by Jedward, a set of twins who first came to fame by appearing on the British version of the X Factor franchise created by Simon Cowell where they managed to keep going on until finishing in sixth place. Despite the disappointment of not winning, they were signed up to a recording deal with Sony Music before moving onto Universal Music Ireland in just a couple of months as per the suggestion of their manager, Louis Walsh. Their first two offerings to the music industry being Planet Jedward and Victory resulted in number #1 albums in Ireland as well as certification of 2x Platinum, definitely something to keep up with their next material.

They are set to release their third album entitled Young Love later on this month in both the United Kingdom and in Ireland but their fan base in the former is far stronger and therefore, the guys should be just as successful over there. In this years' Eurovision Song Contest, the guys did not get the result that they wanted when they finished in nineteenth place as opposed to their eight place finish in the previous year. Despite their dismay in the competition, Universal Music along with Jedward have been working hard on this set of new material and they are ready to start promoting it with a brand new single which also bears the name of the album. A preview to the track has been made available for all of the fans to listen to and it seems that the quirky pop number is receiving a lot of positive comments up to this point. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Digital Spy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4-XOcfnDac

RTÉ, the Irish broadcaster, has confirmed its participation in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Sweden. With Ireland, the full list of confirmed participants has risen to thirteen (13 - Albania, Austria, Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, Norway, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden (the host country) and Switzerland).

Julian Vignoles, Assistant Commissioning editor for factual programmes at RTÉ, confirmed that there will a ‘potential change of approach’ to the Eurovision Song Contest, and this, shall be discussed in the coming few weeks. Perhaps Ireland will try to comeback with a bang in the coming contest and perhaps, with a more ‘professional’ artist, namely MARY BYRNE. Mary Byrne (born 3 November 1959) is an Irish singer-songwriter from Ballyfermot, Dublin. She rose to fame in 2010 after becoming a finalist on the seventh series of The X Factor in 2010. Following her elimination in the live semi-final, she signed a record deal with Sony Music Ireland. Byrne and her fellow The X Factor finalists gained a number-one single on the UK Singles Chart and the Irish Singles Chart after releasing "Heroes" a cover of David Bowie, in aid for Help for Heroes. Her debut single, "I Just Call You Mine" was released on 4 March 2011. Mine & Yours, Byrne's debut album was released 28 March 2011 in the UK. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHbnYFZdpFc

The album was produced by hit-maker Nigel Wright. In June 2011, Byrne was asked to perform at a special gala performance in Dublin to mark Queen Elizabeth II's visit to the Republic of Ireland. She was also Neil Diamond's special guest at the Aviva Stadium, where she performed in front of 55,000 people. August 2011 saw Byrne appear in GREASE: The Musical at the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin. She began work on an autobiography, This Is My Life, and was released on 21 October 2011 in the UK and Ireland. Mary decided to leave Sony Music as she accepted a new record deal offer with Decca Music and Universal Music, who are confident they can 'get her music career up and off the ground'. She has produced her second album, called “...with Love”. After this ‘huge’ success, she may be Ireland’s lucky charm for the next contest, but obviously, competition is big and no one can really predict what will be the eventual outcome result.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1cuimKLNpU

Vignoles added that Jedward not winning the contest was a slight relief for RTÉ. If Ireland had won the contest, they would’ve had to host in 2013. Vignoles said that would’ve been a ‘headache’, but also a ‘privilege’. One of the issues with hosting would’ve been finding a venue, as Ireland has a lack of indoor arenas as big as the Baku Crystal Hall or the Düsseldorf Esprit Arena. Jedward finished in a ‘quite disappointing’ 19th position with their song Waterline in Baku. They ‘made a hit’ in Baku and during Eurovision parties and conferences, but that was not enough to at least finish at last year’s 11th position in the final night, after making it through quite an ‘easy’ semifinal. Many infact, insisted that the twins’ song last year, had a better ‘feel’. Nevertheless, Jedward will surely not be given a ‘3rd chance’, since chances are that they will either do worst, or stick once again to this position, and let’s face it, we’ve had enough of the blonde Irish twins! ;) 

Source: escXtra, RTÉ

Another day is over in Baku, and today, Israel had the honour of opening the rehearsals for the day being the tenth country in the running order. Seventeen countries (17) countries have now rehearsed for the very first time noting that that they happened to be the ones competing in the premier semi-final to take place on Tuesday, the 22nd May. Tomorrow will mark the first day of rehearsals for the entries in the second semi-final including the Maltese representative, Kurt Calleja and his band with his track This Is The Night. Perhaps today’s most ‘satisfying’ rehearsal was from the Irish twins, Jedward. I am giving importance to the term actually since I did not really hear the vocals at their best, maybe it’s just because it was the very first rehearsal although to give them credit, they still sounded in key and well prepared. For the second year in a row, Jedward are representing Ireland. This year they perform the song Waterline written by Nick Jarl and Sharon Vaughn who have written for the likes of Agnes Carlsson and Westlife.

They are hoping to do as well, if not better, than they did last year with Lipstick. The twins were dressed in bright blue sparkly tailcoats and I think that this will actually be their look on Tuesday. Their choreography had similar elements to their  2011 entry, and they displayed the same energy as they showed a year ago. A particular note in this year’s setup is surely the colour blue and the ‘water’ theme. Infact, the Irish team have opted to insert a small water fountain as part of the choreography. I’m not 100% sure if it really worked as planned, especially during the very first run through. I think that the twins will eventually be encircled by the water in a particular moment of their performance, and it seems that during the final rehearsal, this, in fact, made an impressive effect. made for a very impressive effect, and everyone looked much happier at the result. Pyrotechnic effects are also expected.

It should be a wonderful performance, thanks to all these ‘touches’, but surely, the twins need to improve their voice performance, together with their 4 backing vocals and also, perhaps be a little bit more synchronized in their simple choreography. Ireland is the most successful country in the Eurovision Song Contest. They first took part in the 1965 Contest in Naples, participating in every subsequent Contest but two: the 1983 Contest in Munich and the 2002 Contest in Tallinn.   Ireland won the Contest for the first time in 1970 with Dana performing "All Kinds of Everything". In total, Ireland has won the Contest seven times, more than any other country, including an unprecedented three consecutive victories in the 1990s (1992, 1993 and 1994 - the most consecutive wins accumulated by a country to date). The decade also saw yet another victory in 1996 and two second place finishes (in 1990 and 1997), which gives Ireland the best overall performance by any country in the history of the Contest.

Source: Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4XlI_OveXQ

Adrenaline crazed pop double act “Jedward” are sitting pretty as a promotional video for their third album “Young Love” has had an astounding 1.3 million views within its first week of exposure on YouTube. The 40-second preview for the title track has had a positive reaction just weeks before the Dublin born duo take centre stage as Ireland’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Both their previous albums, “Victory” and “Planet Jedward”, were popular Europe wide reaching album chart positions in Ireland, United Kingdom, Austria, Germany and Sweden. Their promotional video for Young Love has also charted on YouTube as the Number 1 ‘Most Discussed’ video of this week generating over 55,000 comments. The album which is set for release on June 1st, was recorded in London and Sweden, and features this year’s Irish hopeful for Baku. 

“Our last two albums were real pop teen music but this has songs which are much more meaningful and deep. Our big hope is that we keep all our old fans and we find lots of new ones” said Edward. The entry entitled “Waterline”, composed by Nick Jarl & Sharon Vaughn, has been aired on British Music Channel “Chart Show TV” among the ‘Top 20 Most Tweeted Songs’ last week along with reaching the download charts in Sweden, Latvia and Estonia. There is no doubt that the extravagant pair will give it their all with a combination of unique staging and costume design. Ireland performs in 18th position in the 1st Semi Final which will take place on Tuesday, May 22nd 2012.  

Source: Facebook, Twitter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xm2PkTCm2X8
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:20

Ireland: Reviewing the track 'Waterline'

The final track of the first semi-final is going to be quite the bittersweet goodbye and this is due to the fact that Jan Van Dijck, Knut-Oyvind Hagen and the incredible production team at Pitchtunes will be bidding farewell having done their duties in the best possible way. Nevertheless, the show must go one for one last time in the first evening of the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan and closing the showcase will be Ireland, a country known to many fans as being the Queen of the event due to their history including seven victories. Trying to add to that impressive background will be the twins known as Jedward who will be performing the song Waterline written by Nick Jarl & Sharon Vaughn, the latter of which was one of the critics for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012.

Last the year the pop duo came 8th in the contest with Lipstick – Ireland's best result in the contest for 11 years. Lipstick went on to chart in Belgium, Sweden, Germany and Austria, where it peaked at number 3. Shortly after their success in the Eurovision Song Contest, Jedward returned to Ireland where they performed in front of an audience of 60,000 people at a concert to welcome United States of America President Barack Obama to Ireland.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2huxEkE1GD4

The past 12 months have been the busiest for the twins yet – they came 3rd in the UK's Celebrity Big Brother; they released their second album, Bad Behaviour and completed a sell-out tour across Ireland, UK, Germany, Sweden, Estonia, Finland, and Austria. Jedward were selected to represent Ireland again this year after winning the Irish Eurosong selection competition, topping both the public and jury vote in February. They are performing Waterline.The twins are being mentored this year by Irish Eurovision winner, Linda Martin, who won the contest in 1992 with Why Me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzVJkuyFEt0&ob=av2e

Waterline was composed by Nick Jarl and Sharon Vaughn. Nick is a songwriter/music producer from Sweden and has written songs for the likes of Westlife, Ironik! As well as songs for numerous Scandinavian acts. Sharon Vaughn is an American songwriter living in Sweden who has composed hits for artists all over the world including Boyzone, Willie Nelson, The Wanted, Clay Aiken, Jay Smith (Swedish Pop Idol Winner), Stefanie Heinzmann, Aslan, Agnes and many more.

The Critics Voice Their Opinion

Jan Van Dijck

  • One time it’s fun but two times in a row it still will be fun? The twins they can’t sing and it is their backing vocals that at the end perform the song. Also I believe that Jedward’s entry of last year “Lipstick” was more outstanding and catchy then their entry this year. I can only give this song four (4) points.

Knut-Oyvind Hagen

  • The hurricane of the Jedward twins is back, and to my surprise I like it very much! This is not as over-catchy as Lipstick was, but I do prefer Waterline of the two, as a more gently, easy on the ear song and production. They are sailing into the final, and I think they will be top 10 two years in a row. But next year, Ireland, please send me one of those beautiful ballads that only you can do! I believe that this song is entitled to eight (8) points.

Pitchtunes

  • The irish twins, Jedward, are back. This time they perform an energetic uptempo pop song a lá Westlife. This makes it feel a bit outdated. Still, it's a good overall song with a strong chorus and hence why we decided to award it with a total of seven (7) points.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_ViQfViDPo

Entry Background

 Performers: Jedward

 Composers: Nick Jarl & Sharon Vaughn

 Authors: Nick Jarl & Sharon Vaughn

 Song: Waterline

 Language: English

 Broadcaster: RTE

 History of the Nation

Ireland do not need too much of an introduction when it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest having won the event on a record seven occasions, the last of which came way back in 1996 though at the hands of Eimear Quinn, the songbird who performed a song entitled The Voice. Their most recent results have been nothing to write home about because since the millennium, they have only managed to rank within the top ten on three occasions, the first one coming in 2000 with Eamonn Toal and his song Millennium of Love, the second one being six years later with Brian Kennedy, now a judge on the The Voice of Ireland performing the beautiful song entitled Every Song is a Cry for Love which he wrote himself. The last top ten entry would be achieved last year when Jedward sang the song Lipstick finishing in eight place at the end of the evening. This year, they have the charm of Linda Martin, the 1992 winner with the song Why Me? and will be hoping to find some of that Irish luck as they conquer Baku,Azerbaijan.

Source: Eurovision.tv for the Biographical Information and all respective media

Published in Editorials

The Team of Radio International would like to invite to join the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. The Show is broadcast on 106.8FM and Digital Cabel 41 in the Netherlands and also via the internet via www.radiointernational.tv and will also be web-televised via the show's own Live Video Channel via the website. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET this Wednesday.

Interview with Jedward (Ireland 2011 and 2012):  

Lilian, Eric and JP had the big pleasure to interview Jedward at the recent Eurovision in Concert event in Amsterdam. Jeward already competed at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 reaching 8th place with "Lipstick" and in a national selection earlier on this year the Irish Nation selected Jedward again to represent Ireland again at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan with the song "Waterline". Last week Radio International aired the interview with Jedward's Mentor and 1992 Eurovision Song Contest Winner - Linda Martin who will be accompanying Jedward also to Baku. But this week on Radio International enjoy the crazy twins in interview. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_ViQfViDPo

Eurovision in Concert 2012:  

Last Saturday, 21 April 2012, the annual Eurovision Music extravaganza took place in Amsterdam for the fourth time where this year is a record of 24 countries' representatives performed their entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 which will come from Baku, Azerbaijan on May 22, 24 and 26. The event was a full success with an early start for the artists and journalists meeting in the delegation hotel in Amsterdam for the first session of interviews. After a Word of Welcome from EBU's Sietse Bakker the artists were taken by boat to the centre of Amsterdam for their soundcheck in the venue for the evening - The Melkweg. That also included the second session of interviews with the many international media that was accredited. The Team of Radio International in combination with Poplight from Sweden were also present to conduct as many interviews as possible with the 2012 Hopefulls. This week on Radio International listen to interviews with the representatives of Azerbaijan, Ireland, Latvia, Moldova and Slovenia.   

Interview with Sabina Babayeva (Azerbaijan 2012):  

The host country Azerbaijan where the 57th Eurovision Song Contest takes place will be represented by Sabina Babayeva. In 2011 Eldar & Nigar won the Eurovision Song Contest with "Running Scared" with this victory taking the contest to Baku, Azerbaijan. Following in the footsteps is now the song "When the music dies" which is already qualified and competes in the Grand Final on Saturday, 26 May 2012 on lucky Number 13. Listen to a short interview with the singer which was done last weekend in Amsterdam at Eurovision in Concert.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8ejpLyXSuY

Eurovision Song Contest Sportlight - Eurovision in Concert 2012 Recap:  

The Radio International Irish Voice will be returning on this week's edition of Radio International - Dermot Manning who will be taking a look back at Europe's biggest promotion event that happened last weekend in Amsterdam - Eurovision in Concert 2012 with 24 artists performing their country's entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. Dermot will be chatting about the most memorable moments on the show this week.  

Interview with Anmary (Latvia 2012):  

Number 4 in Semi Final 1 of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 is the starting position for this year's entry from Latvia - Anmary who will be performing "Beautiful Song" on Tuesday, 22 May 2012. Anmary was also part of the line-up of Eurovision in Concert last weekend in Amsterdam. Lilian and JP interviewed the singer which you can hear during this week's edition of the show.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CzSRTGq6Ds

Euro Friends Song Contest 2012 with Andy Simon:

Continuing with the Euro Friends Song Contest in search for the ultimate Eurovision song as voted for by the many fans around the world. Andy  Simon joins us every week to reveal the qualifiers for the next round.  The website of the Euro Friends Song Contest www.euro-friends.com where you can easily vote for your favourite Eurovision song per country and also see The Euro-Friends TV Show as hosted by Andy Simon. You can also join the Facebook Group. This week Andy looks at the next qualifiers from Heat 46 (Netherlands).

Interview with Eva Boto (Slovenia 2012): 

This year's entry from Slovenia is performed by Eva Boto who will be competing in Semi FInal 2 at Number 9 with the song "Verjamem" with this following in the footsteps of Maya Keuc who reached Number 13 in the Grand Final in 2011 with the song "No One". Let's see if this year Eva can top that result for Slovenia. Eva was also part of Eurovision in Concert in Amsterdam last weekend where the Team of Radio International met the very young singer for a brief interviews which you can hear during this week's edition of Radio International. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUrkusKotaA

Eurovision Song Contest News with Luke Fisher from escXtra.com:

Check out the latest developments connected to the Eurovision Song Contest. Whether it is music releases of Eurovision performers, appearances, special concerts, gossip, news, etc. Luke will have the latest updates during this week's edition of the show.

Interview with Pasha Parfeny (Moldova 2012):  

Moldova this year will be represented by Pasha Parfeny whose entry to the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is called "Lautar" and will bein Semi Final 1 on Tuesday, 22 May 2012 at Number 17. Pasha was also in the line-up of Eurovision in Concert 2012 in Amsterdam last weekend and also became an "interview victim" when Lilian Brunell caught up with the singer awaiting his soundcheck. Listen to this interview with week on Radio International.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H7AILnPoio

Eurovision Music Requests/Eurovision Quiz:

A big part of the show is playing listeners' requests. Submit your requests and / or greetings to your Eurovision friends through Radio International via the CONTACT Link on www.radiointernational.tv or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. But also don’t miss out on the weekly Eurovision Quiz where you can win something.

Join Radio International on Wednesday, 25 April 2012 from 2000 - 2300 hours CET, via the website or on FM. Radio International is available live via www.radiointernational.tv and on FM 106.8 and Digital Cabel Channel 41 in parts of the Netherlands. Should you not be able to listen live, the show will appear in the Programme’s Show Archive a few hours after it’s airing on the radio.

Source: Team of Radio International

Ireland holds the record for the most victories at the Eurovision Song Contest having managed to finish at the top of the scoreboard, a stunning seven times but their last victory came back in 1996 thanks to Eimear Quinn and her song The Voice but nevertheless, there has been renowned interest in the competition following the participation of the popular twins; Jedward at last years' showcase with the song Lipstick which reached eight place at the end of the evening, the best result for the Western country since 2000 when Eamonn Toal had reached sixth place with the song Millennium of Love. In recent years, the chair of the committee when it comes to selecting the songs for the national final has been none other than former winner of the event; Linda Martin and this year, she is actually the mentor of Jedward. We are proud to announce that our former Head of Communications; Garrett Mulhall has returned as a member of our editorial team collaborating between escflashmalta and Eurovision Ireland and he has managed to speak to the lady.

This years' national preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest was based on a system of mentors as was the case last year yet it is quite interesting that the broadcaster went for even higher profile names this time round. There were a number of attempts to attract a number of well known performers to the selection but due to the contending twins, this was somewhat impossible. A little bit of a background on Jedward shows that they were competitors on the popular British version of the X Factor where they were mentored by the renowned Irishman Louis Walsh, the man who has successful managed Westlife, Boyzone and JLS amongst others. Following their exit at the latter stages of the competition, there was a lot of interest by music companies for the twins and they signed a contract with Sony Music United Kingdom for a one song release and the track, a cover of Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby) which peaked at number #1 in Ireland and number #2 in the United Kingdom. The contract was not extended but the day following their release of contract, Universal Music Ireland gobbled them up for a three album contract and it has been quite the ride with both albums; Planet Jedward and Victory peaking at number #1 in Ireland.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEAYjUhNl7E

When they entered the selection for the Eurovision Song Contest las year, many had seen them as the automatic winners but there was a change in percentages of the voting because of an early release of the song Lipstick and therefore, a question arose, and that was whether their vocals would ultimately live up tot he expectation to be voted by the juries present during the evening. Ultimately, they managed victory by two points and in Europe, they were treated like true stars with their energy displayed throughout the fortnight. This year, working alongside their mentor Linda Martin and their manager Louis Walsh, they are ready to conquer Europe once more with the song Waterline written by Nick Jarl and also escflashmalta collaborator Sharon Vaughn. It is quite interesting that the former Eurovision Song Contest winner with the song Why Mewritten by the renowned Johnny Logan is also managed by Louis Walsh as was her songwriter showcasing how the connections commence. Above you could see the interview that she gave to our very own Garrett Mulhall whilst a special exclusive message to www.escflashmalta.com can also be seen below. Remember Malta, get behind Jedward as you did last year when you awarded them eight points.

Special thanks to Garrett Mulhall

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymv6s-sa0ww

Published in Interviews
Saturday, 31 March 2012 13:03

Ireland: Jedward get Eurovision Tattoos

For the Irish duo, this will be the second participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, following last year’s successful participation, have decided to get inked! Despite the video showing their ‘fearful’ faces, they managed to survive the ‘ink sting’ and got the Eurovision logo tattooed on their arm and back. Despite the video clarifying if the ‘tattoos’ are real, some expect that the Eurovision logos will not be present on the twins’ bodies at the actual contest but this is yet to be confirmed by the twins.

 

Jedward will this year be competing with their new single ‘Waterline’ , following last year’s  8th place with the song ‘Lipstick’. Will they be lucky this time round? The song seems to be getting quite popular with the Eurovision fans, but surely, the competition is tough. The duo will be singing in the first semifinal, scheduled for the 22nd May, in position number 18, a position chosen by the Irish delegation after winning a wild card during the draw. Stay tuned to www.escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news from the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Digital Spy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_ViQfViDPo

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